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tr.v. re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing, re·ha·bil·i·tates
1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education: rehabilitate a patient; rehabilitate a prison inmate.
2. To restore to good condition: rehabilitate a storefront; rehabilitate the economy.
3. To cause to be regarded again in a positive way; reestablish esteem for: rehabilitate a reputation; rehabilitate a forgotten poet.
4. To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of: Under the new regime, party members who had been sent to prison were rehabilitated.

[Medieval Latin rehabilitāre, rehabilitāt-, to restore to a former rank : Latin re-, re- + Late Latin habilitāre, to enable; see habilitate.]

re′ha·bil′i·tat′a·ble adj.
re′ha·bil′i·ta′tion n.
re′ha·bil′i·ta′tive adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rehabilitative - designed to accomplish rehabilitation; "from a penal to a rehabilitative philosophy"- J.B.Costello; "rehabilitative treatment"
punitive, punitory - inflicting punishment; "punitive justice"; "punitive damages"
2.rehabilitative - helping to restore to good condition; "reconstructive surgery"; "rehabilitative exercises"
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"
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ISLAMABAD -- The Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) will provide rehabilitative services to vulnerable women under its programme titled 'Free Legal Aid" .
Six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are participating in an initiative that would provide services in support of juvenile diversion and rehabilitative programmes for youth in contact with the justice system.
Mujahid also said that the study on the punishments under the Shariah criminal laws was being done so that the punishments meted out were more rehabilitative in nature.
Where a plaintiff who violated the terms of his supervised release was sentenced to two years in prison plus two years of supervised release, he must be resentenced because the lower court departed upward in order to promote the defendant's rehabilitation or to enable him to complete a rehabilitative program in prison, which is precluded by Tapia v.
The specialist rehabilitation hospital provides cutting-edge services to children and adults in need of rehabilitative care due to conditions caused by injury, disease, illness and ageing.
However, Dr Benjamin Obwire who is specialist in plastic and rehabilitative surgery at Kenyatta National Hospital took to the witness dock and said that Irungu does not need any surgery based on tests run by the hospital.
(NASDAQ: ENSG) is the parent company of the Ensign group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care and assisted living companies.
The agency followed a similar process after announcing withdrawn guidance documents from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) (justifications).
Second is the rehabilitative method that leads to reorganization.
The SPS said: "Criticism of alleged failures affecting the availability of rehabilitative course work and rehabilitative policy have been rejected."
On another matter, Ponzoli said the committee has decided that no change is needed to disciplinary rules regarding 91days and longer rehabilitative suspensions.